There’s been much controversy over the chain of events that occurred within the first 60 minutes of the Uvalde, Texas mass shooting that took the lives of 19 students. The mixed messaging has been frustrating for those seeking answers, and even Governor Greg Abbott himself became “livid” upon learning he too was presented with false information.
During a press conference on Friday hours after police acknowledged they should have engaged with an active shooter at a deadly school shooting, Abbott said he was given incorrect information about the initial response.
“I was misled,” Abbott said. “I am livid about what happened.”
Abbott earlier this week praised the police for their response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
On Friday, he reversed course.
“As everyone has learned, the information I was given has turned out, in part, to be inaccurate, and I am absolutely livid about that,” he said.
“My expectation is that the law enforcement leaders leading the investigations … get to the bottom of every fact with absolute certainty.”
It seems, however, that we’re finally getting to the bottom of what really happened in the beginning moments of the Texas School Massacre as Federal agencies are now revealing their side of the story, telling exactly what happened immediately upon arriving at the scene.
According to an article written by TheHill.com;
A Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) unit at the scene of the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting was told not to enter the school and instead wait, according to a report from NBC News.
Two federal officials who spoke to the outlet said that agents who were part of BORTAC, CBP’s tactical unit, arrived on the scene at Robb Elementary School around 12:15 p.m., approximately 45 minutes after the suspected shooter began his rampage.
ICE Homeland Security Investigations division was also on the scene, according to NBC.
Once there, local police asked them to wait and assist in pulling students out of the windows. However, after 30 minutes passed, the federal agents decided to move in on the shooter and take him out.
The news comes after Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Steven McCraw said earlier Friday during a press conference that law enforcement should have engaged the shooter earlier. McCraw explained that over the course of the incident, 19 police officers were at the scene in the school’s hallway outside of the locked adjoining rooms where the shooter was hiding.
The commanding officer on the scene did not allow law enforcement to enter the rooms because he believed the shooter was barricaded and the children were not in danger.
Emergency calls from students inside the room revealed later that children were begging for help. McCraw said there are different rules approaching a barricaded shooter than an active shooter, with police obligated to charge an active shooter without equipment.
“From the benefit of hindsight where I’m sitting now, of course, it was not the right decision. It was a wrong decision. Period. There was no excuse for that,” McCraw said.
The Washington Post reported Friday citing a CBP official with knowledge of the situation that once federal agents made it into the locked rooms, the gunman emerged from a closet firing his weapon. The agents returned fire and killed him.
“They have not told me they were frustrated,” the official said. “But they told me it was hard to discern who was in charge.”